Gursky was a student of Hilla and Bernd Becher and represents a very strong photography school – the Dusseldorf school that greatly influenced the development of international art photography of the late 20th-early 21st centuries.
In the mid-nineties Gursky started using digital technology. He created a number of compositions where the images personify a different artistic ideal. From a distance you can see the formal structure of those works: color composition and contrasts. Up close you can see a microcosm of details and rich narrative contents requiring slow perception and deep comprehension. The artist combines the freedom of digital design with the traditional requirements of the classical school.
His lens sees the whole contemporary world in all its manifestations: stock exchanges, industrial facilities, concerts, sports competitions, famous architectural structures, supermarkets and junkyards of megapolises. But it is not photo journalism based on sensationalism and shocking effect – Andreas Gursky tries to show us his own view of the world in such a way that we can interpret both its objective contents and temptations ourselves.